Dewsbury 12 – 58 Leigh

Leigh Centurions defied temperatures in the high 20s to post ten tries, five in each half, at Tetley’s Stadium and complete a Betfred Championship double over the Rams. Craig Hall and Drew Hutchison each scored two tries with Ben Reynolds kicking nine goals from ten attempts. A large travelling contingent of Leythers enjoyed some spectacular tries from their favourites while they basked in the sunshine.

Leigh Centurions Head Coach Kieron Purtill said: “I thought it was a very professional performance by the boys today. We came to do a job and we did that.

“It was really hot and I thought it was a great effort by Dewsbury to back up from their long trip to Toronto last week. Our performance was good, some good tries scored and our defence was solid.

“Coming to these grounds it’s like a cup final for them and you have to withstand a really hard twenty minutes. I thought we did that and when the opportunities came our way we took them and we started to pull away from them.

“It’s very close in the top six and we have to make sure our own performances are good and that we take the two points when we can. Hopefully at the end of the year we will be in the top four.

“We showed our versatility in the squad. Ben Reynolds played in about five positions and Nick Gregson played big minutes and a few players took the opportunity to get some minutes in.

“One of the biggest problems was heat exhaustion. We will re-group tomorrow and make sure everyone prepares correctly for a big trip to Toronto next week.”

Liam Hood’s break set up the opening try for Hutchison and the in-form hooker then went over from acting halfback before Hall sensationally twice hacked ahead after a loose ball from the re-start to score a spectacular individual try.

Dewsbury’s man of the match, hooker Robbie Ward, went in from dummy half before Ricky Bailey fought his way over after Ben Crooks leapt high to claim Hutchison’s high kick. Hutchison stepped inside the cover to notch his second try just before the half-time hooter.

Leading 28-6 at the break, Leigh turned the screw in the second half with five further tries with only a second Ward effort in reply.

Jack Owens set up Daniel Mortimer for the first score of the second half and Reynolds and Crooks then combined to give Bodene Thompson an opening. Hall snaffled an interception and raced 40 metres for his second.

Skipper Harrison Hansen crashed under the posts before the livewire Ward again breached Leigh’s defence from close range.

Kevin Larroyer completed Leigh’s convincing win with a smart finish to another flowing move.

Dewsbury Rams: Josh Guzdek; Gareth Potts, James Glover, Aaron Brown, Dale Morton; Paul Sykes, Danny Ansell; Josh Sheriffe, Robbie Ward, Jack Teanby, Lucas Walshaw, Kyle Trout, Jordan Crowther.
Interchange: Sam Day, Daniel Igbinedion, Toby Everett, Martyn Reilly.

Tries: Ward (24, 68);
Goals: Sykes 2/ 2.

Leigh Centurions: Ben Reynolds; Ricky Bailey, Ben Crooks, Rhys Evans, Jack Owens; Craig Hall, Drew Hutchison; Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Jordan Baldwinson, Kevin Larroyer, Bodene Thompson, Jordan Thompson.
Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Greg Richards, Jordan Dezaria, Nick Gregson.

Tries: Hutchison (10, 39), Hood (18), Hall (20, 59), Bailey (31), Mortimer (52), B Thompson (54), Hansen (62), Larroyer (75).
Goals: Reynolds 9/ 10.

Referee: Jack Smith.
Attendance: 1,351.
Penalty count: 7-5.
Half-time: 6-28.

Photos by kind courtesy of OnionBag Photography

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